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Will Shorty's take a slice out of the Waco pizza-and-beer market?

March 29, 2011 | Chad Conine | Around Town
Will Shorty's take a slice out of the Waco pizza-and-beer market?
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Let's just be honest about something, we're all a little territorial when it comes to our favorite spots.

It's OK. As stated previously in this blog, the staff of WacoFork is pulling for every restaurant in town to provide good food, good value and a good atmosphere. The better the restaurants in this town fare, the better we fare, we figure. But I recognize that your favorite hangouts are kind of like new babies — yours is always the best.

And that leads me to my point, which is that there seems to be a tug-of-war (and perhaps a little mud slinging) surrounding two similar joints in the Baylor area. The Dancing Bear Pub has been serving an impressive variety of beer along with delicious pizza (made next door at Food For Thought) for several years now. But recently, Shorty's Pizza Shack opened up just a stone's throw a way — seriously, I think I could legitimately hit a golf ball from one place to the other and I don't hit a golf ball all that far. What does Shorty's serve? You guessed it, pizza and beer.

Shorty's actually stays open later than The Dancing Bear, serving pizza by the slice until 2 a.m., which is ideal for those hard-partying Baylor students who need sustenance late at night. The Dancing Bear countered by recently cranking up a Thursday night special of pizza by the slice to go along with beer specials.

Let me be up front and say The Dancing Bear is kind of like my Cheers. It's where everybody knows my name and I'm always glad I came. But I've had a slice of pizza at Shorty's as well and I have to say it was tasty. I know that opinion will not be popular among my Dancing Bear pals, but that's how I see it.

It's all right though. Every Cheers has to have its Hungry Heifer.